Togo will host at the end of October of the year 2022, the third edition of the Regional Forum on education for the culture of peace through intra and interreligious dialogue with the theme “: Communities and violent extremism: problems of social cohesion in West African States”.
In this regard, an ECOWAS delegation led by Professor Abdoulaye Maga, Director in charge of Education, Science and Culture met this Wednesday, September 07, 2022 in Lomé, Togo, the authorities of the Togolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs foreign countries within the framework of the forthcoming organization of this important regional event.
MM. AGNIDE Koffi and LANTAME Ninsaw Oubonfo, respectively Political Affairs Advisor and Foreign Affairs Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and Togolese Abroad, on behalf of the authorities of Togo, thanked ECOWAS for having chose Togo for the organization of the 3rd edition of the Forum in the current regional context, characterized by terrorism and religious intolerance. They also reassured about their country’s commitment to do everything possible for its success.
On the menu of discussions, a presentation recalling the context that led to the establishment of this forum by ECOWAS, a brief history of previous editions held in Niger and a sharing of experience for the benefit of the Togolese delegation.
The experts from ECOWAS and Togo also discussed the specifications for the organization of this event which will bring together more than 150 participants from all over the West African region. Questions related to the logistical challenges to be overcome as well as the resources to be mobilized to ensure the success of the Forum were also addressed by the two delegations.
As a reminder, the main objective of the Forum is to strengthen the mechanisms of dialogue within the different communities, in order to cultivate mutual understanding, the spirit of tolerance and peaceful coexistence between religions, through education for Cultural peace. These include (1) appropriating the best practices of young people in terms of intra- and inter-religious dialogue; (2) sensitize communities to the consequences of radicalization and violent extremism; (3) emphasize the role of communities as key actors in preventing violent extremism and strengthening social cohesion; (4) take up the efforts and challenges relating to the victimization of communities but also the resilience initiatives developed by them in the face of insecurity and terrorism.
In addition to Prof. Abdoulaye Maga, the ECOWAS delegation included the Principal Program Officer in charge of Culture, Dr. Emile Zida and the Acting Principal Program Officer in charge of Education, Ms. Aïsha Usman.